2017 Week 32: Saturday Work | Oven Shopping 

July 31 – August 6, 2017

Some of us had to go to work on Saturday because we are a bit delayed with the project. There are too many findings but I’d like to already deploy the system so that it’s out of our plates. Crossing my fingers for lesser bugs this week.

Weekend

My vacationing OFW niece came to Manila for some errand. Thanks to TNVS, I didn’t need to fetch her at the terminal. I just had to book and monitor to make sure that the route is towards the apartment and not somewhere else.

After mass on Sunday, we went to the mall to check out convection ovens. I just want to try to homecook my food and have some variety in food preparation. I’d like to have roasted chicken and vegetables, bake some cookies, cup cakes and baked mac and lasagna! I was with my friend and she let me promise her to make sure that I use the oven often hahahaha. Opo inay hahaha. I bought the Hanabishi 40L.

Hanabishi

My new kitchen appliance which I MUST maximize its use hehehe.

And let me just say that I am really a noob when it comes to baking hahahha. I don’t even know which basic pans and other baking stuff I need to buy hahahaha. My friend and niece helped me put together. So I also bought a mixing bowl, muffin pan, measuring cups, and lasagna and pie glassware from Pyrex. The items from Pyrex were bundled and on sale at 30% off. I’m planning to get the other glassware from Pyrex the next time they are on sale.

We also went to Dad’s for merienda. Since I am on a no-pork this month, I had limited options of what to eat. However, I was still full by the time we were done hehehe. Ang hirap magdiet talaga.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 30: Losses | Unexpected Blessing | Weekend Malling

July 17-23, 2017

I received 3 news of deaths last week. One was my elementary classmate. We (his batchmates) have no idea until now what happened. We just learned of the news after his burial. He attended another classmate’s despidida last April. He left a few minutes after we arrived. I’m not sure if I’m thankful for that or what. Well at least I think the last time that we met years and years ago was for a happy occasion.

The other one is the death of a father’s high school friend. It was unexpected. I think I have met him several times because he would sometimes pick up my friend in school.

The third is the father of a college friend. He has been sick and been in the hospital since early July. I wish I learned earlier so that I could have visited.

I asked my niece to be the one to meet these friends to hand over a little help. Good thing she was able to talk to both friends. If there is one thing I learned from losing my own parents, it’s that all the condolences, hugs, and prayers matter a lot to the grieving family. If you cannot be there physically, a simple private message is still a big help.

To my friend and uncles, may you all Rest In Peace. Please continue guiding and protecting the family you left behind.

On to happier things.

I was surprised when my boss had some papers for me to sign last Monday. Weeee. Alam na this! I was not expecting it. Nothing big but still appreciated. Two-thirds will go to investments and the one-third will be for wants or project BD.

Weekend

A friend and I spent Saturday at the mall. We had lunch at Tenka. We were able to avail of the discounted rate from Metro Deal. We love the food but we have never been satisfied with Tenka’s slow service, missed orders plus the staff’s mood. It looks like everyone is already tired to think that they just opened for the day. It was still a happy lunch though.

TenkaHotpot

Hotpot anyone? Combination of meat, cheese balls, lobster balls, tofu and more.

TenkaDessert

Yummy dessert in a cute saucer!

We also dropped by the kido-preneur show at the Glorietta activity center. It was fun to see all the kids selling their stuff. I’ll have my future kids participate in activities like this too. We did not stay long though and we were not able to buy anything because the kids were selling mostly food and we were really still full from lunch.

We watched Kita Kita. The movie is not your regular rom-com but I still enjoyed it. I got scared because I learned from the movie that stress can cause temporary blindness. Ok, I need to really train myself not to get stressed easily on so many things. It made me want to go back to Japan and explore its other parts especially its natural resources. Also, I’m sure Sapporo beer sales went up recently hahahaha. A friend bought one to try it. Another friend in FB posted one too hehehehe.

Sunday was pamper myself day after mass. The only planned thing I was not able to do was get a hair cut. The salon was full of clients and I did not want to wait. Maybe this weekend when I can go there earlier.

The end.

Hope you are all having a blessed week.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 27: Visiting OFWs

June 26-July 2, 2017

Wait, what? Last week was week 26. Therefore half of the year has gone by. Oo nga naman. July na kaya. Should I do a review mid-year review of my 2017 goals? Wahhh hahaha.

 Anyway…

June 26 was a holiday and I spent that doing my assignments. One more week to go! And our deadline was extended so yey! Hehe.

A friend who works in SG came home for a visit and he requested for us to meet on Tuesday. Our calendars were open for a quick dinner so off we went to Robinson’s Magnolia.

I didn’t know he and around 3,000 employees more were laid off from their jobs last year because the company outsourced most of its operations to India. Good for him and another friend, they were able to find new jobs.

Aside from his stories, he also gave us a bag of salted egg potato chips hehehe. Sarap! I forced myself to not consume it all in one seating because…egg yokes hehe.

IrvinsSaltedEgg

Irvin’s Salted Egg from SG

My OFW niece who left for the Middle East two years ago also arrived on Friday night! Thanks to Uber, there was no need to to fetch her at the airport.

She decided to just go home to Baguio on Sunday early morning because for sure, the terminals are full on Friday night. And so we spent Saturday evening at the mall for me to buy some stuff and…buffet dinner. She missed pork so might as well go to a buffet so that all her cravings are satisfied hehe. We were laughing because we were wearing the same shirts that we also wore when we also had buffet 2 years ago before she left hehe.

DateNuts

Preserved dates from my niece who came home from the Middle East. This is yummy!

Pistachios

Pistachios! Because it’s so expensive here in PH, I asked my niece to buy a few bags. It’s still expensive actually but a little cheaper. She got some of these on sale.

I have a teammate who is training to become a registered financial planner. We sometimes discuss about personal finance and last week, we were comparing notes about books that we love to read. And because of that, I went trigger happy with the ppersonal finance books she mentioned hihi. Plus I saw copies of Francisco Colayco’s books. I want to buy a new set for my and the BF’s copy because the books I bought more than a decade ago will be “for borrowing” or for “forced reading” by my siblings, nieces and nephews hehehe.

PersonalFinanceBooks

Addition to my collection of personal finance books!

Lastly, we got our sick leave mid-year conversion last week yehey! Just in time for my additional expenses – nephew’s allowance and food budget and mom’s death anniversary.

Ok, we were not supposed to prepare for the anniversary. I was just planning to light a candle for her on Thursday. However, for some weird reason, I and my Tita dreamed about her on the same night. Our dreams were vague but we just took it as a sign that she wants a small get together this weekend. Get together it is!

And that’s it for last week.

Have a great week ahead.

Going Around Baguio: Day 1

Lakwatsa date: April 28, 2017

My friend and I did some touristy stuff, mainly food trip, around Baguio. Our initial target was those away from the city but we were not ready with a list and it was already lunch time when we met in town so we just chose random restaurants and cafes.

Our pit stops:

*** Sizzling Plate for lunch

Fillet Mignon – between Php 230.00-250.00. We also ordered the Php 25.00 sansrival, but not in the picture.

*** Orchidarium near Burnham Park to check out all the beautiful flowers! I’m excited to start my own flower, herb and bonsai garden hehehe. No pictures as we were busy admiring and trying to name the flowers. Plus, some shops don’t allow picture taking or they do but with a Php 10.00 fee.

*** Camp John Hay. We wanted something cold and then we remembered John Hay so off to John Hay we went.

*** Checked out the overruns shops but we still find the items expensive and not really sure if overruns or class A.

*** Stopped by Little John for snacks.

Fresh mango and strawberry fruit shakes and potato wedges with bacon bits.

*** We were craving for some cakes so we walked up one of the hilly parts to look for Ayala Techno hub.

Enjoying the breezy climate while walking the challenging steps going up hehehe. Hingal much.

Trying to capture the sunset. And I didn’t notice the moon was also up there!

End of life. This may be a typhoon casualty.

*** Everything Nice at Ayala Techno hub

Carrot cake and Italian cheesecake. Prices around Php 90.00 to 110.00.

*** We also saw Pizza Volante still at Ayala Techno hub and can’t resist their pizza!

Both vegetarian pizza. Less than Php 100.00 for solo (6 inches).

*** Last for the night was Cafe by the Ruins Dua near the Victory Liner FVR terminal.

Bounty salad. We loved everything except the watercress because of the slight bitter taste. I still want my watercress sauteed in garlic.

Let me just add the cucumber lemonade we had at Good Taste today. I love the taste. However, I learned from one of servers that it’s a powdered juice. Still artificial pala. But it’s refreshing still!

Cucumber lemonade

Until our next food trip hehehe. Next time, we’ll really target the once we haven’t tried yet.

Home Again

April 28 is a special holiday in Metro Manila due to the ASEAN summit. May 1 is also a holiday, making this another long weekend!

I reported to work early today because my ticket reservation is at 2 PM.

There are a few errands this long break. I brought home some work too but that’s fine.

I had baby back ribs and red velvet cake for dinner earlier this evening at Vizco’s, before heading home.

Soft, juicy and flavorful baby back ribs! Php 245.00 if I remember correctly.

Red velvet cake this time. Yummy too! Between Php 90.00-110.00.

Thank you Lord for a flexible work schedule which allows me to come home earlier.

Please guide the ASEAN country leaders as they get together for the summit. May they find common grounds for a peaceful relationship towards building a progressive nation. Amen.

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